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a clue. number two, as bill clinton and president obama point out, the math doesn't add up when you're trying to do this just on deductions. you need to do both deductions and loopholes and, of course, raise the rate. that's the only way the math works. and as far as hurt the economy, let me say for the 10,000th time, bill clinton raised tax rates on the top 2% in 1993 and we then proceeded to grow the economy by 23 million jobs. so, that's a bunch of bull, speaker boehner. >> let's go back to aée4 with the same question. i will argue that even though he hasn't specified the deductions or the loopholes he's going to close, the governor is right, there isn't enough at the top to close to make up for this advantage they have now but it seems he's accepting the moral argument. he's saying, the rich should get socked, too. that was an amazing admission for him to say to that. your thoughts. >> i agree with you. the fact that john boehner is out there saying we are asking the rich to pay more in taxes is not something they ever would have done in 2011. if you remember, math by details
obama, secretary clinton, be have made it absolutely clear as have other countries this is a red line and i believe president assad has received that message from several quarters. the question now is, you know, will someone else grab on to them? there's certainly risks where we are with respect to syria. i would not close the door completely to some kind of an agreement whereby president assad could move to another country and the reason i say that is, that the dangers of an imploding syria, of the complete implosion of the state, are really serious and contrary to the national security interests of the united states. it's in our security interests to be able to get a transition that is controlled and that is negotiated and that is orderly. the alternative to that is you could have 200,000, 500,000 people killed and so i do not want to lock myself into nor do i think our nation should lock ourselves into, a complete refusal to create the dynamic where we can avoid that kind of death and destruction and where we will not serve our greater national security interests. and therefore, i
is also being mentioned as a possible successor to secretary of state hillary clinton if president obama doesn't pick u.n. ambassador susan rice. >>> elsewhere, president obama has drawn a hard line on tax increases for the wealthiest of americans. rejecting an offer that republicans claim is as good as it's going to get. tracie potts joins us with the latest on this. good morning. >> reporter: right now it's looking more likely that we could, could, go over that fiscal cliff at the end of the month because right now, negotiations here are at a stand still. president obama talks to the business round table today after telling bloomberg he absolutely won't bunch. the wealthiest americans must pay more. >> we're not going to be able to get a deal without it. >> reporter: he may be in a good position to wait it out. a new poll found more half of americans will blame republicans if we go over the fiscal cliff. >> republicans do not want to touch one hair on the head of one person making over $250,000. that is the rub. >> they've got to come with some specific revenue. they refuse to do that.
see the very swift warnings by president obama and by secretary clinton. >>trace: people do not understand when you talk about lebanon you are talking about a country that is evenly divided between those who support assad and those who support the opposition so if this goes bad in syria, it could go really bad in lebanon. >>guest: it could. we all know the hit of lebanon. what a tragic troubled history the last 30 to 23 years. they just now have had a period of quiet. they could be destabilized again, so it means really it is in the interests of the united states and of other countries to see as quick an end to the civil war as possible. that would, a for the united states recognizing the syrian opposition, the national council and argue for the united states doing more to try to help the rebel alliance, it would argue for us working with turkey as nato decided to do today, led by the united states to say we will put patriot missile batteries into turkey and i don't know if we seeing the end of the syrian war but we could be entering a phase of dynamic change and i don't thi
but let's not gloss over president obama is talking about way higher taxes than we saw during the clinton era on the high earners. >> that's true. all right. want to talk about a party going on tonight. james, pretty good. there is a party going on, jack kemp foundation is having a party and marco rubio is speaking. paul ryan is speaking. they both want to have complete makeovers. you know -- marco rubio doesn't want to be the hispanic guy who talks about immigration. and paul ryan doesn't want to be the grinch that stole medicare. paul ryan is standing there right now. what do you think? are these guys going to succeed? are they the future? >> if i was paul ryan, i would want to be something else. if i was selected vice president and i got slaughtered in my -- and my candidate got slaughtered in my home state, i would be looking to have a makeover also. i don't blame him. i think that senator rubio could run on anything he wants. i agree. if he wants to run on economic expertise, perceived economic expertise, it's a good thing for him to do it. he should do that. it's apparently what he
to keep in mind, as well. president obama often talks about returning to clinton era tax rates. he wants to raise much more revenue from high earners than the clinton era tax code would have raised. another thing to keep in mind is that president clinton also dramatically lowered capital gains taxes, and that generally benefited high-earners. so a lot of folks believe that's something that balanced out against the increases on ordinary income. so, you know, that's something that arguably contributed to that surge in technology stocks and much else that created surpluses in the latter half of the clinton presidency. it's a more complicated picture. definitely there are folks who want tax increases but let's not gloss over president obama is talking about way higher taxes than we saw during the clinton era on the high earners. >> that's true. when you talk about capital gains. all right. want to talk about a party going on tonight. james, pretty good. there is a party going on, jack kemp foundation is having a party and marco rubio is speaking. paul ryan is speaking. they both want to have
to create the deadly gas. the alarm shook the world, including president obama and secretary of state hillary clinton issued strong warnings to syria's president assad, there would be strong consequences if he used chemical weapons. >> they would lose any sort of backing they had with china and russia, in terms of blocking the vote. >> reporter: the chemical mix is devastating. iraq's saddam used it in 1988. u.s. officials stress tonight that as of now these weapons remain in the depots have not been loaded on to any planes, and that president assad has not given any orders to use them. but officials here concede if they does there is very little the outside world can do to stop it. >> well, there you have it, this complicates the chaos in the world, making for another difficult situation in the u.s. and others, our chief foreign affairs correspondent, andrea mitchell, is in washington. here we go again, the american public not anxious to hear about any u.s. military involvement anywhere else on the planet, using terms like weapons of mass destruction, chemical weapons, what do we do?
clinton. today president obama expressed confidence in her despite strong opposition from some in the g.o.p. more on that coming up inside fox report. meantime, bloomberg news is reporting after an interview with the president that he is considering the vogue editor and chief for ambassador to either the united kingdom or france. those are the kind of alabamaships that go to big donors she has been one of the top political supporters and fundraiser. asked jay carney about this report today he neither confirmed or denied. the nfl player who murdered his girlfriend and then killed himself apparently spent some time before the crime at another woman's apartment. details on that and what his own mother says she saw him do on the day that ended in blood. and word police here in new york city have now caught the suspect who is accused of pushing somebody right in front of a subway. and wait until you hear where they found him. that's ahead from the journalists of fox news on this tuesday fox report. can i help you? i heard you guys can ship ground for less than the ups store. that's right. i'
. her president, former president bill clinton, was president obama's key surrogate during this election cycle, setting the stage for president obama to return the favor in 2016. if she so decides to run. remember earlier this week, she was at the save and center for middle east policy and they ran that glossy video that felt like a campaign video in which she was praised by a number of officials, including president benjamin netanyahu. the stage sbing set f that's what she decides. if you go deeper into that poll, 66% of women say she should run, so higher than the national average. that would be one of her core constituencies. those close to me tell me when she steps down she'll focus on resting. >> to be frank, though, i think she's deserved a well-deserved rest. >> reporter: absolutely. i gave birth to my daughter on may 18th, five days later, i had a massive heart attack. bayer aspirin was the first thing the emts gave me. now, i'm on a bayer aspirin regimen. [ male announcer ] be sure to talk to your doctor before you begin an aspirin regimen. [ woman ] learn from my story. look th
on the bashar al-assad regime, and that given with the international pressure we are seeing from clintonent obama ite squeezing the grip of the bashar al-assad's regime's control all over syria, jon. >> reporter: conor powell live in jerusalem. we will have a lot more on the crisis rocking syria and the very real concerns about chemical weapons there. ambassador john bolton will weigh in on that when he joins us just a few minutes from now. jenna: growing concerns not only in syria, but in egypt and the violence there a day after angry protestors force the president, president morsi to leave the presidential palace. now he's back, and the stage is set for a new confrontation. we are going to talk about what this all means for us here at home. plus, the tv show that got this guy so fired up cops say he shot his girlfriend. well now he's charged with attempted murder. we'll tell you more about that story next. [ male announcer ] are you considering a new medicare plan? then you may be looking for help in choosing the right plan for your needs. so don't wait. call now. whatever your health cov
, but you will never see the editor of the new york times trying to get hillary clinton to run against barack obama. >> you might see michael bloomberg do that, but that's a separate issue. what would happen no the head of a news organization said i'm going to bank roll your political campaign and didn't tell anybody in the public about that? >> this is what roger ails would like to exploit on fox news. the bottom line is that the two parties are not opposite equals. it's not just because the republicans do it, therefore democrats do it. that's just not true. these stories really bring that home. >> we have always believed that there are two separate silos. you have politics and you have those who operate in the political arena and have a journalistic road. this complete merger of the two is somewhat astonishing. >> roger ails has worked for three republican presidents, reagan nixon and george h.w. bush. we know his politics. he said he got out of the politics when he went into t.v. last month, there is a report about how he tried to give guidance to condoleezza rice when she was in th
. >> you are talking about all my sources,. neil: but you were spot on. >> deputy to llary clinton, former morgan stanley executives trying to be obama's chief of staff. and tom knight has been making the rounds on wall street having dinners with various wall street streetictives. -- executives. and he setting the stage for an interesting wall street embrace of the president. you listen to these guys, ceo of goldman sachs, goes up tre before the water, he looks like he has within water tortured minutes before, eyes shiftg. neil: i don't know he was waterer to thetured. i think that guy,hoer? lead, and whoever is the winner. things he opposed, long col on, just weeks ago, now sign me up. >> what is ridiculous, he went out and said we need to cut expenditures and a planned approach but tn he said, president has a creble plan ta raise a lot of taxes. >> ihink they are allll pathetic losers, they make washington, d.c. look lik choir boys, i am shocked. in record time, turning to this guy who cald him every name in the boo dirty rotten scoundrels of wall street, n ey are playing ft ftse i is gr
support clinton to succeed president obama. 37% would not. ted nugent weighs in on the fiscal cliff fiasco something he said we drove off a long time ago. he writes in "the washington times" social security, medicaid and medicare spending needs to be slaughtered and let's stop the insanity of the right to vote of any american on welfare. once they get off well taer and are self-sustaining they get their right restored. no american on welfare should have the right to vote for tax increases on those americans working and paying taxes to support them. >>> and "the daily show's" jon stewart says maybe we should go off the fiscal cliff. >> back and forth of offers. it's pretty clear the republicans aren't going to come to the table with anything reasonable. i'll be the one to say it, i know it will be disastrous and doom our economy for years to come, let's go over the [ bleep ] cliff. fine. just leave the negotiating tables and send us over the cliff. you know why? at least for a few seconds, it will feel like we're flying. >> all right. that's going to wrap things up for me today. thanks for
, excuse me, that barack obama in wanting a deal can have. but unlike bill clinton, they don't have relationships. boehner was there sunday night for the congressional christmas party. there was no conversation even monday night. i don't understand that. >> andrea, it's just bizarre, isn't it? i have seen the worst political enemies get together at events like that, shake hands, talk, commiserate about how tough -- i mean, i've never seen -- i have never seen washington like this, and i was here in the '90s when it was really, really ugly. >> you saw impeachment. you saw other things going on. >> bill clinton and newt gingrich had a personal conversation. both of them told me on the day bill clinton was being impeached, they were talking about iraq. they were talking about other personal things. they were saying, we're going to get through this. and when we get through this, we've got a lot of bigger things to work. that doesn't happen, does it, andrea? >> during impeachment, bill clinton was having people to camp david and talking to people who were putting him on trial in the sena
is basically a little higher than what president obama proposed. >> so what about clinton era spending levels? >> i am fine with cutting spending levels. [talking over each other] [talking over each other] megyn: great job. coming up, bob costas offers verification on his talk about gun culture after a murder suicide of a nfl player. and police traffic cameras. red light cameras in one city are the subject of a major class-action. why drivers claimed the cameras keeping neighborhoods if they are big methods of bringing in cash megyn: sportscaster bob costas offering clarification for his on-air comments about the nfl player who shot his girlfriend and then killed himself last weekend. those comments were made during the eagles and cowboys football game on sunday night. he blamed what he called america's gun culture for america's case of gun violence. here's a little from the comments on sunday night the matter tandems do not enhance our safety. they exacerbate our flaws. they beat us into embracing confrontation rather than avoiding it. in coming days, javon pilcher's actions and attention to
interest in what's happening in egypt. we're hering so far a measured response from the obama administration. >> secretary hillary clinton says it calls for ugt talks between president morsi. >> we have expressed that repeatedly over the last weeks. because almost two years ago, the egyptian people took to the streets because they wanted real democratic change. and they, therefore, not the americans, or anyone else, deserve a constitution that protects the rights of all egyptians. >> future could depend on how the situation plays out and if president morsi chooses democracy or dictatorship. >> i spoke about that with a guest. >> you met with high officials at the state department, the u.s. still provides egypt with economic and military assistance, about $1.3 million a year. hundreds of millions in economic aide, did they race that issue with you? there was concern that if president morsi continues to move in that direction, the u.s. assistance could be in trouble. >> i think it's important for the united states than it is for egypt. it's mutual interest and mutual benefit. an
echoed warnings by president obama against the use of chemical weapons by the syrian government. the president and secretary of state hillary clinton said that would be crossing a red line. >>> the federal government calls it secure communities. now a program aimed at illegal immigrants is coming under fire. the u.s. mandate that california's attorney general wants to ignore. >> it's only day two but royal baby watch is in full swing in london. when kate is expected to come home from the hospital and the welcome visit she received today. >>> our ipad app is ready to download. you can watch awful our newscasts live, plus traffic, weather and video of breaking news anytime, anywhere. >>> the state attorney general issued a bulletin to all law enforcement agencies today telling them they do not have to comply with a federal immigration program. attorney general camila harris says the immigration and customs for the program called secure communities is unconstitutional. she's telling police across the state to enforce it under their own discretion. secure communities instructs law e
clinton who pushed it down. now president obama is pushing it way up. yet it would be nice to return to the basis of bill clinton, but that's not what we're doing. we're taking a little bit more here, a little bit more there, a little bit more over there. all to pay for all of this wonderful spending that the president wants. >> steve: maybe in four years when hillary runs for president. you have got to figure that's going to happen. >> i wonder what's going to happen to the economy. it's weak now, you raise taxes a little bit more, what happens to the economy? >> steve: so many people have been forecasting that the president does raise rates, couple of years ago, he said during a recession, that's the worst time to jack up rates. now we're not technically in a recession, but we're in a very soft edge. >> watch out, steve, 'cause here it comes, a little bit more. >> steve: thank you very much. stuart varney doesn't do show tunes, but does talk about the news of the day and politics and everything over on fox business exactly two hours and two minutes from right now. thank you. >> tha
this question. >> that seems odd. i want to throw up a graphic. obama has actually done fewer, 32. he had fewer opportunities. bush 43 did 99. clinton 95 of them. isn't this destined for the supreme court? if you have the legislative branch and the executive branch disagreeing, then you need the third arbiter here. >> reporter: yes, but sometimes the third arbiter says, this is strictly a political question. it's not really for us to decide it. so i don't know how it will come out. the courts may decide. the tactics being used to challenge the president's recess authority. what's happening is the business groups with the backing of the chamber of commerce are criticizing decisions made by the national labor relations board. >> right. >> because kaat the same time t president put three members on the mlrb. that's how they're attacking the recess power. >> all right. pete williams, this should be interesting. >> reporter: you bet. >> we'll see if they punt, i'd rather see this go to the supreme court. that's what the constitution is for. >> reporter: from a journalistic point of view. >> you love
in the catskills something benjamin wallace wells has always wanted to do. and an exclusive speech by bill clinton and a photo with him, which is actually priceless. lunch with obama body man reggie love which i think has set hearts aflame across the united states. >> you'red bying on that. >> i might be. >> and a character named after you and john irving's upcoming novel which i believe josh greene -- i feel like you've figured prominently john irving novels. >> will you be the villain or hero? >> probably depends on the size of your bid. >> informant. it's ongoing right now. >> yes. >> we're trying to dream up exciting item that maybe coming on set to visit with the "now" with alex wagner team should be up there. >> we're going to fix that. that will be up there by dinner time. >> look at that. bid high, america. we have to leave it there. thank you to my panel, benjamin, kerry, karen, josh and melinda. that is all. i'll see you tomorrow noon eastern, 9:00 pacific when joined by richard wolf, michael eric dyson, brian anderson and rana fa roo har. find us at facebook.com/now with alex. "andrea m
was saying that, to me, is a great sign she is, in fact, on the path to running. >> well, bill clinton was the most valuable player out there. >> jennifer: absolutely. >> for the obama/biden campaign other than the two principles on the ticket. of course, every governor, every senator, every member of congress who was elected is also a super delegate who will choose the next president. >> jennifer: i don't see how the force -- the force the inexorable pull of this from those who support her and those who love her is just going to be too great. she needs to go to a spa. she needs to take a relaxing -- take a break. do the exercises. what she wants to do. but six months then we're back at it. all right. so you know, republicans have had some challenges appointing women. obviously we've all been talking about the number of women that were not appointed in the house republican caucus other than the one, candace miller. but the sunlight foundation, we were assuming it was because of sexism. the sunlight foundation has anothe
will see who president obama will nominate for his cabinet. national security nominees are expected to be nominated first. hagel could get the nod for defense secretary. who will replace hillary clinton as secretary of state? lawmakers outraged over reports it could be ambassador susan rice. john kerry also a possibility. >> kate middleton spending her third day in the hospital after suffering an extreme form of morning sickness. >> prince william was 6 hours by her side. he seemed relaxed and even crack add smile. she may have to be hospitalized for several another days from severe nausea. we will have a live report from london. >> christmas came last night to washington with the lighting of the capital christmas tree. >> 3, 2 rn, 1. >> over 10,000 lights covered the 65 foot tree called in from colorado, by the way. house speaker john boehner led the holiday ceremony and an eagle scout from colorado helped him flip the lights. a beautiful site at the capital. that is your 5@5:00. >>> democrats and republicans are in firm agreement on one thing. they are nowhere near a deal to avoid
to happen within the next couple weeks. hillary clinton is going to soon be stepping down from secretary of state. leon panetta does not plan to stay on for president obama. although there's fuzziness around that. and the nation needs a cia director post-david petraeus. now president obama may announce his pick for defense secretary within the next couple weeks and he may make it in a high-powered package announcement along with his choice for secretary of state. so all these jobs coming up, state, defense, cia, all will need to be confirmed by the senate and will be announced maybe at once and before christmas. maybe this is the time to have the debate about the way our national security is run. the debate we did not necessarily have before we started making big fundamental changes to that system that mostly just still get discussed behind closed doors. joining us now is senator claire mccaskill, chair of the support subcommittee. thank you for being here. >> it's great to be here. >> you and i have had a lot of interesting conversations over the years about national security. in part,
to introduce chemical weapons into the conflict. secretary of state hillary clinton also warned syria of a swift response from the u.s. if chemical weapons are used. >>> as the fiscal cliff looms president obama is digging in his heels. ktvu alison burns reports the president says the wealthiest americans must pay higher taxes. alison. >> reporter: the president is refusing to agree to anything else unless taxes are raised on the wealthiest 2% of americans. in fact, there are some reports this morning that the president isn't even going to hold any other face to face or one on one meetings with republicans until they cave on that demand. john boehner was at the lighting of the if christmas tree last night. republicans are instead offering to close tax loopholes and limit tax deductions that favor the wealthy while extending current tax rates for the middle class. frustration is clearly growing on both sides. >> speaker's proposal right now is is still out of balance. >> we wasted an enormous amount of time here sparring back and forth in public. it strikes me as a good time to get ser
president bush, president clinton, second president bush, now president obama. none of those other presidents were treated in the way this president is treated. it's something senate democrats have never done in a lame duck session, whether after a presidential or midterm election. in fact, the senate democrats allowed votes on 20 of president george w. bush's judicial nominees, including three circuit court nominees in the lame duck session after the election in 2002. i remember i was the chairman of the judiciary committee. i moved forward on those votes, including one very controversial circuit court nominee. the senate proceeded to confirm judicial nominees in lame duck sessions after the elections in 2004 and 2006. actually, in 2006, we confirmed another circuit court nominee. we proceeded to confirm 19 judicial nominees in lame duck sessions after the election of 2010, including five circuit court nominees. the reason i'm not listing confirmations for the lame duck session at the end of 2008 is because that year we proceeded to confirm the last ten judicial nominees approved
, the future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. onward! onward indeed. president obama's pick to chair the democratic party for the next four years, representative debby wasserman schultz, said this about secretary clinton today on andrea mitchell reports. >> she is an incredible leader who has a tremendous future as a leader of the united states of america. i'm sure that she'll be pressed into service. and knowing secretary clinton, i'm sure she doesn't plan to rest very long. >> and the race for the 2016 republican presidential nomination, moments ago, congressman paul ryan spoke at the jack kemp foundation dinner where senator rubio was receiving a leadership award paul ryan won last year. >> marco is joining an elite group of past rescipients of th reward. i'll see you at the reunion dinner. >> paul, thank you for your invitation for lunch in iowa and new hampshire. but i will not stand by and watch the people of south carolina ignored. >> joe klein, the games apparently have begun. >> only for those of us -- >> 2016 will be a lot more fun than 2012 was. and you kno
there is how much do we raise and where does it come from. had alear president obama specific proposal to raise the rates to the clinton era for the top two%. i think that is what will happen. there was a majority of republicans who agreed with that. second, on the 1.1 trillion entitlement cuts, that is really a bad idea. what is doing is approaching that by slashing benefits rather than reforming the system. we have to save money on health care, not just in medicare but in health care. we spend much more than most countries and we get less. right now in medicare when we buy prescription drugs, we buy wholesale, but we pay retail. the law requires us to pay retail. whereas in the va and medicaid we do both price discounts in purchasing. if we did that in medicare, that would save us $160 billion a year. what i would like to see is us save money on health care. we need to do that, but it must be through system reform. host: 10 to save enough money through system reform without looking at benefits? guest: you've got to start there, because you really don't want to say some day we will have a syst
and the senate and we had clinton, who was a democrat, we put work requirements in welfarr. we cut the number of people on welfare down from about five million to three million. then obama comes in and, so he reinstates it and takes the work requirements out and now people are outraged because we have these people on food stamp. melissa: stop this one next. this one is absolutely insane. thank you so much for coming on tonight. we appreciate your time. >> you bet. melissa: time for today's fuel gauge report. freshwater forecasts expected decline in inventories sent natural gas stocks soaring. a cold front expected to move into the u.s. raising the outlook for natural gas demand. oh, no. >>> freeport-mcmoran is plunging head first into oil. the mining giant is buying plains exploration and mcmoran exploration for a total of $9 billion in cash and stock. freeport will also assume about $11 billion in debt. >>> u.s. oil production reached its highest level in almost 15 years in september. new data from the energy information administration says u.s. crude output averaged 6.5 million barrels a da
that president obama got an advantage because he was for same-sex marriage. not very long ago that was a wedge issue bob dole was using against bill clinton. i think we've made progress in other areas. clearly environmentally. we have deniers of global warming. but we're reducing the amount of oil we import and use. there's progress in that regard. on the other hand, there's been some retrogregs in the recognition of two of the great accomplishments of america in the 20th century with social security and medicare. before those two, we didn't have the possibility for the average old person who wasn't wealthy to have a decent existence in retirement. we now that v that and i'm sorry to see that pulled back. there's also an international event. we have to recognize this. from 1940 to 1990, we had very heavily-armed, bad people threatening our existence as a society. we don't have that anymore. we have the thugs. they are not the communists. they don't threaten our very existence. we have an ability now, i believe, to reduce some of the resources and do more things at home. although there's an ide
, and there is a sense that he and barack obama just don't have much of a relationship. certainly nowhere near as warm and constructive as the one you ended up having with president clinton. >> first of all, we earned -- you have to ask president clinton this but i think it's a fair thing to say. we earned president clinton's respect in part by closing the government twice and being in a very rough and tumble fight. he came to believe we were serious. we were the first republican congress in 40 years but more importantly, we were the first re-elected republican house since 1928. that happened i think because we showed we actually were serious people willing to take the heat, willing to do what it took and willing to work our way to get real solutions. i would say that president clinton and i developed a relationship out of recognizing that we both had to be in the same room, we both had to bring two sides of the constitution. this isn't the president dictating. this is the president representing the executive branch and speaker boehner representing the legislative branch and they have to have mutual r
. president obama had a specific proposal to raise the rates to the clinton-era rates on the top 2%. there was a majority of republicans on exit polls who agreed with that. second, on the $1.1 trillion in entitlement cuts, that's really a bad idea. because what he's doing that is approaching by slashing benefits rather than reforming the system. i'll give you an example. we have to save money in health care not just in medicare but health care but we pay more, more than most countries, and we get less. here's an example of a reform. right now in medicare, when we buy prescription drugs, we buy wholesale but we pay retail and the law requires us to pay retail. whereas in the v.a., in medicaid, we do price discounts when we're purchasing. if we did that in medicare that would save us $160 billion a year. so what i'd like to see is us save money on health care. we need to do that. but it's got to be through system reform. host: can you save enough money through system reform without looking at benefits? guest: you know, you got to start there, because you really don't want to be sayin
. >>> barack obama hasn't begun his second term and there may already be a frontrunner in the 2016 race for president. a washington post abc news poll finds that 57% of all americans would back a hillary clinton candidacy that. survey shows 66% of women would support clinton compared to 49% of men. >>> is nasa spacing out? a new report by the national academy of science says the agency has no solid plan for the future. that report blames the president for the lack of direction, but it goes on to say nasa has not done enough to accomplish the obama administration's goal of sending astronauts to an astroid. a former nasa scientist says he's never seen the agency so utterly unfocused. >>> the holidays are finally here and one of the fixtures of the season happens tomorrow night. erica grow with a preview of the lighting of the national christmas tree. >> the first lady and tree will be where? >> reporter: the national park foundation is ready to give you a tree lighting ceremony you won't soon forget. the national tree is brand-new just planted in october and it's been prepped for tomorro
. but the president is also considering to replace hillary clinton with john considerry. susan rice for the united nations, she is still facing opposition because of statements she made about the libyan attack. >>> president obama is meeting with two different groups today. both have concerns about the fiscal cliff crisis. he will lead with the ceos of business leaders and then later, he will meet with native- american tribal leaders. the one issue where he's refusing to budge in fiscal cliff issues. >>> the voters passed prop 30, which raises taxes on people who earn more than $250,000 a year. it also increases the sales tax. well, the ucla and der son forecast says because of prop 30 -- anderson forecast says because of prop 30, unemployment will not improve as fast and personal income will be less than expected. but economists say california is still on track for economic growth and more jobs. >>> well, sheriffs in solano county want your help. they are trying to catch vandals who damaged a home known for its holiday displays. every year, bob and linda taylor transform their home in vallejo on
, no deal in sight. president obama wants to raise taxes on the wealthiest 2% of americans as speaker boehner lashes out over his budget plan. >>> hillary clinton is the lead candidate for 2016, a new poll shows. she keeps saying no, no, no. but will she heed the call? >> yes, yes, yes, yes, yes. >>> new details on the murde murder/suicide involving kansas city chief jovan belcher. what the 911 calls reveal about the slaying of his girlfriend. >>> what you should absolutely stay away from. >>> packed show for you this morning. jeb henserling is joining us. american federation of teachers and our guest as well is randi weingarten. "starting point" begins right now. >>> morning. welcome, everybody. our "starting point" this morning, president obama says he will not bend in this fiscal cliff debate. americans face the prospect of severe tax hikes, spending cuts if republicans and democrats can't get together to work out some deal. congress breaks for the holidays in ten days. if they don't extend that, it will be ten days from then that we fall off the fiscal cliff. >> if we're going to
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